Just like many of you and our patients, I succumbed to the flu (or flu-like illness) this past weekend making its way through our community. For those of us in good health, a little bed rest, fluids and Tylenol is all it takes to shake this bug. For others with chronic conditions, the elderly and very young, this can be a life-threatening illness. It is our responsibility as caregivers to provide a safe environment for our patients by strictly following good hand hygiene any time you enter or leave a patient room and strictly following all of our isolation precautions. Thanks for all you do to care for our patients safely every day at Coliseum Health System.
This week, we began the period for our AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Survey on Patient Safety Culture. The survey runs from 1/30/18 through 2/27/18 and we need everyone to take this short 10 minute survey on our culture of safety. You can access the survey HERE or go to “Quick Links” on Insight and choose “AHRQ Patient Safety Culture Survey” (CMC & CNH employees ONLY– not CHS employees). To encourage participation, we have some prizes that will be drawn randomly: Gifts (Yeti Cups, Back Packs, Professional Tote Bags), Coliseum Cares Points and 8 Hours PTO (CMC & CNH). Please log on at your earliest convenience to complete this important survey to help us keep a culture of safety at the forefront of all that we do for our patients.
Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with Sister Theresa Sullivan and Jeff Batcher who represent DePaul, USA and Daybreak Center of Macon. Daybreak is a day/resource center offering individuals access to showers, telephones, computers, laundry services, a medical clinic, and case managers. They help the homeless by providing a hot morning meal, a safe place to relax during the day, and access to resources to help individuals move from homelessness to a life of hope and dignity. Last year, Coliseum Health System discharged over 200 patients who listed their address as Daybreak, the Salvation Army, Rescue Mission and other organizations like these. The Daybreak Center is assessing the need for respite care and transitional housing to add to their services. We would certainly be helped by having a safe place to discharge patients who are homeless but need additional care in a safe place to help reduce their readmission to the hospital. We are collaborating with Daybreak and Navicent to see how we can help bring these services to our community and support this organization. Many of you know that last year I participated in the Greater Macon Sleepout for Daybreak to raise money for their center on Walnut. On February 22nd, I will again represent you (Coliseum Health System) and our mission by sleeping out from dusk until dawn to raise awareness and funding for this great community asset. You can learn more or support our efforts by going HERE.
Once again, Coliseum Medical Centers is partnering with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to bring the 2018 Undy 5K Run/Walk to Macon. Thanks to our Cancer Center team for spearheading this effort! This is an event which is typically held in cities much larger than Macon (Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, etc.) It is a fun event designed to bring attention to colorectal cancer, providing education about the need for screening for this largely preventable cancer. It is a celebration of colon cancer survivors and raises money for research and assistance for people currently undergoing treatment. How many of us work with someone with colon cancer or take care of patients with colon cancer or have family members with colon cancer? We ALL do. The 2018 Undy Run will be held Saturday, March 3, starting at 9:00 am. We will begin and end the race at the Mathews Athletic Complex, on the back side of the Wesleyan College campus, which is a new site from previous years. There will be a supervised kid’s area, so this will be a great family event. For more information contact Danielle Rogers or Kathy Jones in the Cancer Center or visit: https://fundraise.ccalliance.org/macon.
This week during HCA’s 4th quarter earnings call Milton Johnson, Chairman and CEO of HCA, announced a significant investment in our workforce. He stated “with respect to workforce development, we believe long-term enhancements and investments in the skills of our workforce will improve patient experience and have a favorable impact on our employees and their families.” We anticipate spending up to $300 million over the next three years to increase our commitment to employees in four important areas:
- Additional training and education programs to improve the clinical abilities of our nurses and other caregivers
- Greater tuition reimbursement opportunities for employees
- Increased funding for scholarships
- Expanded family leave benefits across HCA
I look forward to providing more information as they roll out these investments in our most valuable resource – YOU!
I want to congratulate a few individuals on our team for significant achievements this week. First, Michelle Spivey and Paul Meyer of our Physician and Provider Relations team both won multiple awards for their role in our volume growth in 2017! Second, Dr. Tim Grant, our CMO, was selected to present his capstone project entitled Improving “Efficiency in the Operating Room” to our corporate leadership in Nashville. This was a piece of the physician leadership academy that Dr. grant has been participating in for the past year. Last but not least, I want to congratulate our HCA Awards of Distinction recipients for 2018. These awards are the highest honors given by HCA and are especially significant because they are selected by nominations from peers who work with each of these outstanding caregivers each day in our health system.
The winners for CMC are:
- Frist Physician: Dr. Nwosu
- Frist Employee: Renauta Everett
- Frist Volunteers: David and Cynthia Mincey
- Nursing Excellence, Compassionate Care: Kim Lewis
- Nursing Excellence, Professional mentoring: Renee Darnell
- Quality and Patient Safety – Brandon Kirshner
- Service Excellence: Lamaurice Franklin, Janet James, Cynthia Jarrard, Emily Newberry
- Financial Input: Juliet Cannon and Rafael Espinosa-Arguello
(Pictures to come later!!)
As a reminder, please go to our Coliseum Cares website to see if you have been recognized or would like to recognize someone on your team, in your department or another department for living our mission and core values and commitments.
Thanks for sharing your time and talent at Coliseum Health System!